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Fluorogenic NIR-Probes Based on 1,2,4,5-Tetrazine Substituted BF2-Azadipyrromethenes

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posted on 23.11.2019 by Dan Wu, Donal F. O'Shea

A series of 1,2,4,5-tetrazine integrated near infrared (NIR) fluorophores based on the BF2 azadipyrromethene (NIR-AZA) class has been synthesised and their ability to modulate emission from low to high in response to Diels-Alder cycloaditions has been assessed. Substituents on the tetrazine component of the probe (Cl, OMe, p-NO2C6H4O) were seen to strongly influence quantum yields, fluorescence enhancement factors, and rates of cycloadditions. Cycloadditions between tetrazine-NIR-AZA constructs and a strained alkyne substrate were seen to be highly efficient in organic or aqueous solutions and in gels with high fluorescence enhancements of up to 48-fold observed. Real-time demonstration of the cycloaddition mediated fluorogenic property was achieved by imaging the “turn-on” reaction within a continous flow microreactor. Preliminary evidence indicates that excited state quenching involves a photoinduced electron transfer.


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Wu D, O'Shea DF. Fluorogenic NIR-probes based on 1,2,4,5-tetrazine substituted BF2-azadipyrromethenes. Chem. Commun. 2017; DOI: 10.1039/C7CC06545K

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